“Avocado toast” at California’s Troubadour. Photo courtesy of Troubadour Bread & Bistro

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Ten Restaurants That Define American Dining in Summer 2023


Yes, this is the summer when we complete the post-pandemic restaurant rebound. It shouldn’t be a surprise. For nearly a year, careful observers in almost every dining city in the country have been describing the return. And now the moment of the ’20s is here — the season for patios and long, Negroni-filled twilights, and for dining, unabashedly, to feel central to our lives again.

Amid their challenges, these past few years provided chefs and restaurateurs with an opportunity to step back, and think about food and drinks that offer sheer delight in new and unexpected ways. (Like, real delight, not TikTok-fodder delight.) The surge of innovation we’re witnessing in American restaurants right now is remarkable.

It’s also beautifully varied — which is to say that we’re witnessing a growing Indian-food renaissance not just in New York but also at Daru in D.C. and elsewhere. Neo-Italian American has hit a pinnacle at the new Torrisi. And even classic French cooking is finding new zing at places like Troubadour, in California’s Wine Country, and Chicago’s Obélix. In all cases, it helps that each of these is bookable via Global Dining Access by Resy, available to premium American Express card members.

With that, let’s get you straight into the Dining Access Hit List, our latest roundup of 10 restaurants that define how America is dining at its best right now. Whether you’re staying in town for the summer, or enjoying an adventure on the road — with a great meal along the way — we’ve got a selection of some of the most joyous places to dine right now, from coast to coast.


Jon Bonné is Resy’s managing editor and author of the newly published book, “The New French Wine.” Follow him on Instagram and Twitter. Follow Resy, too.